Ten Things That Are More Selfish, Stupid And Privileged Than Voting Green Party (Guest Post)

 


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^^ This ^^ insufferable, elitest Democratic Party, "we OWN your vote, dammit!!!"  prattle is what prompted the following guest post by Caitlin Johnstone... 

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“Green Party” is trending on Twitter right now, which always means that Democrats are having a meltdown over something that is entirely their own fault. Apparently a few people voted Green in a close congressional election in Ohio with low turnout due to uninteresting and uninspiring candidates, which according to Hollywood celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Kathy Griffin is proof of the Green party’s selfishness, stupidity, hypocrisy, privilege, and, of course, proof of a secret Russian conspiracy.

Never mind the fact that a small number of people have always voted Green when there’s an opportunity to. Never mind the fact that the Green votes didn’t even affect the outcome of the election. Never mind how everyone knows on some level that the Democrats are a novelty joke party which doesn’t even have real primaries and only serves to corral progressives into supporting plutocratic agendas instead of moving America to the left in any meaningful way. The important thing is herpa derpa Jill Stein Susan Sarandon, derp duh.

Well I can think of a few things off the top of my head that are a lot more selfish, stupid, hypocritical and privileged than voting for a Green Party candidate when that seems like the right thing to do. Here are ten of them:

1. Continuing to support an ecocidal, omnicidal two-headed one-party system which has used narrative control and good cop/bad cop schtick to march our species to the brink of extinction via climate chaos or nuclear armageddon. Just so you can feel good about yourself for doing what the TV told you to do.

2. Continuing to support the Democratic Party, which destroyed Libya in a fake “humanitarian” intervention based on lies, indifferently leaving behind a smoldering crater of humanitarian catastrophe where terrorist factions run rampant, rape is everywhere, and humans are sold as property.


4. Continuing to support the Democratic Party, which does everything it can under the pretense of slow, incremental change to hamstring meaningful environmental reform anywhere remotely near the scale necessary to avert a climate catastrophe that would impact the world’s most disadvantaged and impoverished people first and worst.

5. Continuing to support the Democratic Party, which does everything it can to prevent progressive reform and the implementation of the same social safety nets accorded to every citizen of every other major country on earth, first and foremost to the detriment of America’s most disadvantaged groups.

6. Continuing to support a mass media network which consistently deceives the American people into consenting to oppressive neoliberal exploitation at home and bloodthirsty neoconservative warmongering abroad, both of which impact the most impoverished and disadvantaged groups far more than anyone else.

7. Continuing to support the Democratic Party, which has worked in conjunction with the Republican Party to advance dangerous new cold war escalations which have been planned by neoconservatives and secretive government agencies for many years.

8. Continuing to support the Democratic establishment, which, while condemning Trump’s criticisms of the “free press”, actively cheerleads Trump’s agenda to imprison Julian Assange, a move which would set a precedent allowing Trump and his successors to imprison journalists for publishing government leaks.

9. Supporting the party which could very, very easily attack Trump on the basis of his reckless warmongering, suicidal escalations against Russia, and greatly increased civilian casualties in bombing campaigns, but instead attacks him for not being hawkish enough.

10. Supporting the party which, in order to attack Trump, has been rallying to support J Edgar Hoover’s fascist, minority-oppressing FBI and the lying, torturing, propagandizing, drug trafficking, coup-staging, warmongering CIA.

It’s easy to advocate incrementalism when you’re not living hand to mouth. It’s selfish to think that acting on climate change can be rolled out over many decades so as not to upset the corporate donors of your favorite politicians. It’s height of entitlement to close the door to progressives inside the Democratic Party, and then throw a hissy fit when they vote for another party. It’s hypocritical to hyperventilate about election-rigging Russians while secretly, and then openly, rigging primaries against progressives.

Supporting the continued existence of a fake two-party system which advances exploitative agendas hurts the most vulnerable populations in America and in the entire world. Acting self-righteous because you actively support that system while spitting on the people who are trying to change it is selfish, is stupid, is hypocritical, and is a mark of extreme privilege.

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One thing I especially liked was Caitlin's tweet:

Democrats:  Why is the Green Party running a presidential candidate? They should focus on state and local elections.
Green Party: *runs in state and local elections*
Democrats: NO NOT LIKE THAT

I got that EXACT thing told to me on this site:

 
Comment by Maui Surfer 5 hours ago

The big difference is ONE PARTY kills our kids, and those in foreign lands, while idiots in Third Parties ruin victories such as last night's should have been an easy one in way to go Ohio.

^^ This ^^ insufferable, elitest Democratic Party, "we OWN your vote, dammit!!!"  prattle is what prompted ME to post this guest post!

Funny how that works, huh?

P.S.  Oh, and KB?  I'll make it easy for you: I didn't write most of this...  

...and Ron?  I know you don't think she has "street creds" (which matters not a wit, because she gets this shit better than almost anyone), but I challenge you to find fault with the TRUE progressive reasons she made.

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Comment by Ron Powell on August 8, 2018 at 5:20pm

"It’s easy to advocate incrementalism when you’re not living hand to mouth."

Best take away of the entire post...

All good points...

What's her/your plan for getting there?

Being critical is one thing, having a plan to replace the status quo is quite another...

That's where having 'street creds' matters...It's as much about activism as it is about ideology...King, Mandela, and Ghandi, all did more than holler at the establishment and preach about the ills of the status quo...

That said, not a bad guest post...

Comment by Maui Surfer on August 8, 2018 at 6:14pm

Since you are so goddamn set on voting Green, why not move over here where they actually win elections sometimes, and, you could vote for Tulsi the Cult Monster too !!!

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on August 8, 2018 at 7:15pm

"...you could vote for Tulsi the Cult Monster too !!!"

To paraphrase Ron...

@MF; Please provide citations and links re your assertion that US Senator Tulsi Gabbard is a "Cult Monster".

I'd also add Ron's thoughts,

"What you have is a deeply seated suspicion that cannot rise to the level of fact without corroboration....

If you are at all interested in maintaining a shred of your credibility,  you should back away from unsubstantiated declarations of fact..."

My own personal thoughts are, "Put up or shut up, dude."

Comment by Maui Surfer on August 8, 2018 at 7:38pm

My personal thoughts are you are a classic haole, trying, virtually in this case, to come to Hawaii and tell the locals what's the buzz. If you had any idea how elitist, entitled and pathetic that come off you have a hard time stepping out your screen door in the morning. I won't tell you how to live in hickville, you don't "try" and tell me jackshit about paradise ... and we can keep arguing about the Middle East, PS, the Ottomans fucked it up, the British finished the job, we are just mopping up.

Comment by Maui Surfer on August 8, 2018 at 7:42pm

Ron and I disagree sometimes, I think that's healthy, but, we both know the truth about the hertory of this country and how it was built on genocide. And we both know the truth that you got your civil rights on OUR BLOOD AND GUTS, not your own.

You were born too late
I was born too soon 
But every time I look at that ugly moon 
It reminds me of you 

Comment by Maui Surfer on August 8, 2018 at 7:43pm

*herstory, it is MOTHER EARTH we is talkin' bout.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on August 8, 2018 at 8:10pm

So, in other words, you ain't got shit and you default to the standard neocon tactics of personal attacks on the person who called you on your bullshit.  Typical.

Comment by Maui Surfer on Thursday

You, SBA, even having the unmitigated gall to accuse others of resorting to personal attacks? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ... even when they didn't? You are so funny, you ought to try out for SNL.

Comment by Maui Surfer on Thursday

Calling me a Neocon SBA, you phony half ass. I was against PNAC YEARS before you even knew what it was, that is if you even do now. Now, consider that a personal attack. I think you are a half wit, half educated, half traveled, half American, but, hey, that's just my "neocon" opine.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on Friday

Greens oughta run in any race it likes. 

Far too simplistic (and simple-minded) to lay the recent Ohio vote, and Trump's election, and Bush's 2000 win in FL, at Green's door, let alone cast blame. 

Knowing that there was a Green in the Ohio congressional race, the Nat'l Dems might have ramped up financial support for the Ohio Dem candidate well earlier than they did. No gaurantees, tho it may have been a good idea.

The point is that what is worse than the R pulling out this current congressional race in ten days...whatever the reasons....now or in November...what is worse is the idea that alternatives to major parties  must box themselves out of the game. 

It hardly matters, too, (to my argument here) where my vote would've gone were I to have been a voter in Ohio's 18th Congressional District. 

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